Chasing Trouble by Joya Ryan
Series: Chasing Love #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: September 8, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Format: eARC, 223 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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Bad boys are the best kind of trouble...
Kindergarten teacher Jenna Justice has lived her life by the book—right school, right career, right image. Too bad the townsfolk of Diamond, Kansas, have a hard time forgetting that she wasn’t born on the right side of the tracks. The only way J.J. can land her dream job is to keep her wild side buried and her reputation clean. But when she finds herself in another town, one without prying eyes, she allows herself one fantasy-filled night with her best friend’s bad boy brother.
Professional bull rider Colt McCade is grounded for the summer with an injury. After their sizzling night together, he finds himself wanting to pick up where he and the prim and not-so-proper Ms. Justice left off. Problem is, she isn’t interested in his idea of “healing,” which involves ice cubes and a whole lot of heavy breathing. But the closer he gets, the more he sees that his fast-and-loose reputation could cost her the job of her dreams. He wants to do the right thing, but walking away from her could cost him everything…
Entangled’s Brazen imprint is quickly becoming my go-to when I need a quick and sexy, angst-free book to escape the drama in real life. After reading Chasing Trouble, Joya Ryan’s hit my must-read list, too.
Who doesn’t love a good bad boy? And a bull-rider? Yes, please. There’s just something about a cowboy… Maybe it’s the big belt buckles and the tight jeans. Yeah. That could be exactly it. No matter what it was, I loved Colt. Everything from his name to his look to his personality was a huge turn on. He is the stuff book boyfriends are made of. Jenna was the girl-next-door, best friend type and I adored her, too. Together they were nearly perfect. They had a ton of chemistry and I thoroughly enjoyed their story.
Chasing Trouble follows one of my favorite tropes in romance, the best friend’s big brother crush. I have a feeling if I’d had a big brother growing up, I would have had crushes on his friends, too, so I guess that makes books like this totally believable to me. J.J. has had a crush on Colt for a long time, but she knew the bad boy wasn’t built for a relationship and, if she was going to overcome her upbringing and not make the same mistakes as her mother, she knew she should stay far, far away. One night of letting go finds them giving into the urges they’ve each had for a long time. But one night just isn’t going to be enough for these two. (And we should all be thankful!) What starts off as a secret friends with benefits situation begins to turn into more as both characters question what they thought they knew about the other person… and themselves.
I found myself completely wrapped up in Colt & J.J.’s world as I devoured this book in one sitting. It was easy to root for them, but even easier to see where they were each coming from while they were fighting their feelings. Chasing Trouble was sexy and sweet, which is exactly what I want in my romances. I see it’s the first in a new series, so I can’t wait to see who gets the next book! I’ll definitely be along for the ride.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.